On National Trails Day, Saturday, June 3rd, the New Mexico Rails-to-Trails Association will open the Bonnie Brooks property for viewing the area’s newest historical site, Bonnie’s Trestle, currently undergoing restoration. Besides a close-up view of the trestle work, the property also offers a walk to the Mexican Canyon Trestle over a near-pristine section of original railbed not often available to the public. Gates are open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with refreshments and displays available at Bonnie’s cabin, near the trestle. To access the venue, start from the Depot at the Trestle Recreation Area in Cloudcroft, and follow the signs to Bonnie’s Trestle. The area will also be open on Sunday the 4th, and three weekends during the summer season, July 8&9, August 5&6, and September 9&10.
And, if you want to add some adventure to your Saturday, join the free Poker Hike that Rails-to-Trails is also sponsoring in conjunction with the Brooks property opening. The hike is only 1.3 miles long – perfect for a family. Start anytime between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM at the Trestle Recreation Area, and turn your poker hand in at the 5th and last stop – Bonnie’s cabin – anytime before 12:30 PM. Winners will be announced at 12:45 PM, with prizes for the three best 5-card poker hands. Winners need NOT be present! This is not a race – winning is strictly by chance. Take your time and enjoy the hike.